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Unbridled: Inside Maryland’s Horse Industry | Bill Reightler, President of Bill Reightler Sales Agency

Bill Reightler is the President of Bill Reightler Sales Agency and a member of various equestrian boards across the state. He and Damian discuss the deep roots and long history the horse industry has in Maryland. According to Bill, Marylanders have a responsibility to preserve this way of life, as well as the economic benefits that agricultural and equestrian business brings.   Unbridled: Inside Maryland's Horse Industry celebrates the depth and breadth of the industry and its crucial role in Maryland's economy and heritage. To learn more about Maryland Horse Industry Day in Annapolis on February 23 visit www.marylandhorse.com/industryday.... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: Are the Stars Lining Up to Put Maryland’s “Anti-Business” Label to Bed?

For years Maryland has struggled to shake off the reputation that it’s an “anti-business” state, a reputation largely born from cries in some corners that businesses suffer from overregulation and onerous tax policies.   Maryland has any number of great assets, including a robust entrepreneurial culture and top global companies, so there’s plenty of room to argue the facts don’t support that reputation. But like it or not, perception is often reality. Fortunately, during the early going of the 2016 Maryland General Assembly session that got underway last month some of the stars seem to be lining up to help shake off this “anti-business” label. Worth noting first, perhaps, are recommendations to reform some of Maryland’s corporate and business tax policies, contained in a report prepared by the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission. The appointed panel, which includes elected state officials of both political parties, is often referred to... Continue reading
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Center Maryland Exclusive | Bard Early College of Baltimore: Center of Intellectual Energy and Community

Center Maryland's Damian O'Doherty sits down with Dr. Francesca Gambler, Head of Bard Early College and Anthony Lloyd, a year-one student, to discuss the four-year public school that allows students to take tuition-free liberal arts or science courses after the 9th or 10th grade. Graduates acquire three things: a high school diploma, 60 college credits from Bard, and an associates degree.Click here to learn more about the Bard City College of Baltimore.... Continue reading
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Richard J. Cross, III: Beware the Reactionary Progressive

In recent years, Maryland state government has witnessed the rise of a new creature on its landscape: The reactionary progressive. The hallmark of this new breed of political animal is a refusal to absorb election results that do not serve a desired narrative, or – in extreme cases – an unwillingness to hear the concerns of those they represent. They also possess a penchant for in the bubble thinking, a fondness for “solutions” imposed from above, and an unfailing willingness to defend a moribund status quo. “Trust us,” is the clarion call of the reactionary progressive. “We always know best for you…whether you like it or now.” For the reactionary progressive, pushing through a gas tax increase – even when gas is approaching $4 a gallon and Marylanders are struggling at the pumps – is the right thing to do.    For the reactionary progressive, proposing a ludicrous tax on chicken... Continue reading
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Unbridled: Inside Maryland's Horse Industry | Josh Pons of Country Life Farm, Part II

Josh Pons of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Country Life Farm returns to Center Maryland to discuss the importance of the horse industry to the state. Many businesses and people in Maryland rely on the horse industry for their livelihoods, but a few years ago, Maryland's horse racing began losing business to other states. However, due to the receptiveness in Annapolis and the unity of the industry, slot reform has once again boosted Maryland's horse breeding and overall economy.    Unbridled: Inside Maryland's Horse Industry celebrates the depth and breadth of the industry and its crucial role in Maryland's economy and heritage. To learn more about Maryland Horse Industry Day in Annapolis on February 23 visit www.marylandhorse.com/industryday. ... Continue reading
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